[KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA] ► So this is KL Sentral. I'm only seeing (and reading) about this place when I was planning this trip and now I'm here finally. The so cliché first-time-travel-encounter moment strikes again—that feeling when you're like stoned in the middle of a sea of strangers and you just stay still looking around while saying to yourself, "OMG. I can't believe I'm here."
[KUALA LUMPUR] ► HELLO! WELCOME TO KUALA LUMPUR!
KL Sentral is Kuala Lumpur's central hub for trains. All trains from Kuala Lumpur's systematic railway system stop here and you can reach all the major destinations in KL (Kuala Lumpur) from KL Sentral. It's officially known as the Kuala Lumpur Central Railway Station.
Entering KL Sentral for the First Time
This is a pleasant looking transportation hub that's so conveniently accessible from the airport and other popular tourist attractions in ▼ MALAYSIA
. So well-planned.
[KUALA LUMPUR] ► I REACHED KL SENTRAL BY RIDING A BUS FROM KLIA2.
IF I'm gonna pursue this.
I waited for several minutes until an Indian woman with long black curly hair arrived. She entered the office, sat in the counter and asked me what do I need. I told her I need to buy a ticket for Imbi station but she didn't give me a ticket. She instead instructed me to go somewhere where I can get a ticket but I cannot understand her English. After a moment of clarifying things, I finally got it. There's a self-service machine at the other side that brings out token, not ticket.
[KUALA LUMPUR] ► THE EMPTY COUNTER: WHERE ARE YO' PEOPLE?
[KUALA LUMPUR] ► Irsia BnB: Review of my First Accommodation Outside PH
TEASER ▬ I stayed in a dormitory-type room with bunk beds. There are other guests when I entered the room. They were all white travelers. I was the only Asian inside our room.
that is near the Imbi monorail station so that I can easily find it. I had a screenshot of the Google map where the hostel is located to guide me on my search for this hostel. Since my hostel was near the Imbi station, I purchased a token for Imbi using the self-service machine that drops a token including your change.
[KUALA LUMPUR] ► LINE #1: I'LL BE USING THIS LINE TO REACH IMBI STATION.
[KUALA LUMPUR] ► SELF-SERVICE MACHINE: IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU ARE HEADING, YOU'LL PROBABLY GET CONFUSED TO USE THIS IF IT'S YOUR FIRST TIME.
[KUALA LUMPUR] ► FINALLY, THE MONORAIL STATION.
Almost everyone was in rush and they were able to get a token in less than a minute while I was still figuring out the step-by-step procedure of purchasing a token. When it was already my turn on the machine, I instructed the people at my back to just do it first. Some were hesitant to overtake me since I came there first and waited patiently but I insisted they'll do it first. They laughed and spewed words I cannot understand to the person beside and behind them. Well, I didn't care if they're saying things against me or whatever but at least they do not know who I am. So I'm targeting the monorail station now. Interestingly, "mono" in my native language means "dumb."
After a couple of observations, I was able to operate the machine correctly like a pro! Now, I went to the waiting area and I'm ready for my first ever train ride outside the Philippines! | to be continued... |
[SOUTH EAST ASIA] ► TRAVEL BLOGSERYE 01: CHAPTER 01
"On the Road Outside My Comfort Zone"
[INDOCHINA] ► Thailand-Malaysia Backpacking + Motorbike Riding for the First Time Outside PH
TEASER ▬ As a millennial, this is not conforming to the 'trend'—doing it because your friend do it. For me traveling is a form of continuous education. No masteral and doctoral degree could ever teach you the way traveling does.
| ▼ EPISODE 01
[SOUTH EAST ASIA] ► Flying from Metro Manila to Kuala Lumpur with Drama in Between
TEASER ▬ I am shaking, quite speechless for outspoken words but the voice within me is speaking too much that it's so hard to handle...
| ▼ EPISODE 02
[SEPANG] ► Travel Drama in Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2)
TEASER ▬ My anxiety as a first-timer almost escalated to panic level. So there's no such thing as overacting because sticking to reality is the name of the game here.
| ▼ EPISODE 03
[MALAYSIA] ► KLIA2 to KL Sentral by Bus: My First Land Travel Outside PH
TEASER ▬ I was showing physical awestruck signs overtly while inside the bus because I was seeing different races. There are Malays, Indians, Chinese, black and white men. This country is so multicultural! This is my first bus ride in Malaysia!
| EPISODE 04 | ▼ EPISODE 05
[KUALA LUMPUR] ► KL Sentral to Bukit Bintang: My First Train Ride Outside PH
TEASER ▬ The monorail runs overground. I saw the city of Kuala Lumpur in a general perspective up close—the modern skyline, the lush parks, the mosques, the busy roads and the residential areas. I enjoyed it.
| ▼ EPISODE 06
[KUALA LUMPUR] ► Lorong 1/77a: Of Ending and First Times
TEASER ▬ This street was where I ended my first day in Malaysia but it served as the rendezvous of my many first-time experiences and encounters so it meant so much for me.
| ▼ EPISODE 07
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SERIES TEASER: FIRST TIME TO TRAVEL OUTSIDE MY COUNTRY, THESE ARE STORIES OF FACING THE FEAR OF LEAVING A COMFORT ZONE. WILL THIS MAN RELATIVELY AFRAID OF BIG CITIES SURVIVE HIS FIRST DAY IN THE BIG FOREIGN CITY OF KUALA LUMPUR IN MALAYSIA? JOIN ME IN THIS BLOGSERYE AS I SHARE TO YOU MY STORIES OF TOWN EXPLORATIONS.
16 FEBRUARY 2016: KUALA LUMPUR SENTRAL RAIL STATION
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
[KUALA LUMPUR] ► HELLO! WELCOME TO KL SENTRAL RAIL STATION.
► FOOTNOTES, DISCLAIMERS, ACKNOWLEDGMENT, ETC
 This post was filed under the category "Train Stations and Railways." This is a category here on my blog where I write my experiences, note down my insights and post photo essays about train stations I've seen or visited then I weave them into travel stories. There is a section below where you can see other related posts from this category. However, this is my first post under this category so the section is still empty as of this writing. Come back soon!
 The maps I used here are from Google Maps.
 All photos are mine.
 The insights, conditions and name of places or properties I mentioned here are based on the facts and situation on the day of my visit. Take note that you may have a different experience when you visit KL Sentral. Names of places and properties may also change by time.
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